December 2, 2022


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This Nissan Sunny Truck packs a Leaf’s electric powertrain

Nissan will have probably 1 of the coolest automobiles at the upcoming 2022 SEMA present in Las Vegas.

The automaker will existing a 1987 Datsun Sunny Truck whose authentic powertrain has been swapped out for the electric powered setup from a modern Nissan Leaf. Ford experienced a related concept dependent on a 1978 F-100 pickup at the 2021 SEMA display, and Chevy experienced a single based on a C-10 pickup at 2019’s exhibit.

The electrical powertrain from the Leaf is made up of a single motor rated at 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. That’s about 2 times the electric power and 3 occasions the torque of the Sunny Truck’s initial 4-cylinder.

The establish also capabilities the Leaf’s standard 40-kwh battery, which in the light-weight Sunny Truck could possibly supply a lot more range than the 149 miles of the Leaf. Nissan hasn’t offered an estimate.

1987 Datsun Sunny Truck with Nissan Leaf powertrain

1987 Datsun Sunny Truck with Nissan Leaf powertrain

Nissan hardly ever sold the Sunny Truck in the U.S. This a single was sourced from Japan, therefore the proper-hand-drive configuration.

The truck belongs to Tommy Pike, operator of South Carolina-based Tommy Pike Customs, and he and his workshop crew managed the conversion. He paired the electric powered motor with a guide transmission, a shift that expected a personalized bellhousing adapter. He also installed a custom made driveshaft and a custom aluminum box for the battery.

Nissan admirers of a selected age will promptly realize the colour blend Pike used to his pickup. It truly is impressed by the livery used on Baja racers fielded by Brock Racing Enterprises in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

This year’s SEMA demonstrate is scheduled for Nov. 1-4. Nissan will also use the present to present its new Z GT4 race car and a Z with Nismo accessories.